Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Religion and Science.


Are science and religion incompatible? If not, why are advocates of both sides continually at odds? Charles Townes, Nobel Prize winning inventor of the laser, discussed this topic in
a recent interview. It's a fascinating read, well worth your time.

6 Comments:

Blogger dreadcow said...

I despise religion as it's a creation of man and therefore subject to man's transgressions. I like some more than others, but for the most part I consider myself a mystic.

I think science proves the existance of a God. There's a reason that the combustion engine works. There's a reason that trees take carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen for all of us to breathe. Take those ideas and put it into consideration that there's a HUGE ecosystem, with each little animal or plant playing it's part. The world is no accident.

I personally think when people use science to "dis-prove" God, God is pleased. The ultimate way of showing your faith in the almighty is to question his/her existance. I know that if I were God I would want my people to think for themselves, therefore proving to THEMSELVES that I exist.

Religion is one of my favorite subjects to discuss.

8:48 PM  
Blogger mis_nomer said...

Hi dreadcow -

"I personally think when people use science to "dis-prove" God, God is pleased."

Very interesting. Your thought is similar to Descartes' thought where having the idea of God proves the existence of God. Although I think that believing he exists is one of the pre-requisites of having a pleasing-God type of faith.

Vavoom - that's for the article. And, about the bromide on the pants, how awful! Your stories are hilarious.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Camphor said...

Nice article. *g*
I can think of a couple of books that leapt into my head when I read the blog title - "Angels and Demons" ~ Dan Brown and "The Tao of Physics" whose author I can't remember just now.

The connection between sceince and religion is an interesting one, and as far as I am concenrned, what was said of magic applies here as well - sufficiently complex magic is a sceince and high / in depth look at science is magic.

*g* Will be back for the remainign blogs...

3:55 AM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I've always believed that science and faith go hand in hand. You can ask anyone doing an experiment for the umpteenth time if he said a prayer before doing it again. I've also always felt that people hold too closely to the "days" of creation but don't do the same for the phrase "an eye for an eye." If you were to take everything described in the Bible word for word without analogy, it takes a lot of meaning out of it. I think the days of creation can include the molding of humans (evolution.) But, religion and science will often try to stay the yin to the others yang.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post. It was a good read.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Danilo da Silva said...

very interesting article. I liked the fact that someone like he would say its stupid to stop teaching Darwin evolutionary theory.

9:06 PM  

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